Cup series championship contender penalized before Phoenix even starts Sean Gardner / Getty Images
LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 22: Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, talk during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 22, 2017 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

This is never the way you want to start the weekend.

ESPN did it’s rundown on drivers who have been penalized for failing pre-race tech, and there are some important names on the list.

Chase Elliott — who is going for a title — received a 15-minute practice hold because his No. 24 failed pre-race tech twice. Joey Logano and Chris Buescher also received the same penalty.

Erik Jones received the stiffest penalty, losing 30 minutes of practice time for failing pre-qualifying tech three times.

Three other drivers failed pre-qualifying tech twice and will also be docked 15 minutes.

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